Ross Detwiler was known as one of “The Other Guys” last season, but the Washington Nationals nominal No. 5 starter is making a name for himself this season. Wednesday in Miami, he became the second pitcher in franchise history (joining Pedro Martinez) to begin a season with three consecutive starts of six-plus innings and one or fewer earned runs, leading the Nats to a 6-1 win over the Marlins.
Detwiler (W, 1-0, 0.90) relied heavily on his sinking fastball, as he has all season. He mixed in a few more off-speed pitches in his third start of the season, but was again incredibly reliant on his heavy sinker. He allowed one earned run on seven hits and walked none, striking out five. He threw 80 of his season-high 107 pitches for strikes.
Tyler Clippard and Rafael Soriano both pitched scoreless, hitless innings of relief to wrap up the tidy victory for the Nats (9-6).
Washington was paced on offense by Bryce Harper (4-for-5, run, RBI), who was still shaking off the effects of the flu, and Kurt Suzuki, who went 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs from the No. 8 hole. Adam LaRoche also had a multi-hit night, going 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI.
THE STATS: 11 hits, 1 BB, 10 Ks. 3-for-9 with RISP, 7 LOB. E: Desmond (1, fielding).
NEXT GAME: Friday v. New York Mets at Citifield at 7:10 pm. Stephen Strasburg (1-2, 2.95) faces Matt Harvey (3-0, 0.82).